Recent Conferences

Symposium on Inclusive Growth & Development

CID, the MasterCard Center on Inclusive Growth, and the World Economic Forum's Meta-Council on Inclusive Growth hosted the  Symposium on Inclusive Growth and Development on October 1-2, 2015 at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The Symposium is part of a collaboration to find sustainable and scalable solutions to foster inclusive growth. Eleven proposals - spanning education, entrepreneurship, finance, government, IT, and labor markets - were selected through a competitive worldwide call and vetted by a jury of leading economists, business leaders and development professionals. The “inventors” were paired with experts in the respective fields to help refine their concepts and provided access to top thinkers and potential funders to help launch their initiatives.  The ideas were presented by their authors and discussed by experts during the Symposium.

Vietnam Development Symposium

More than 50 independent scholars and experts from around the world gathered at HKS on January 5, 2015 to discuss critical policy choices facing Vietnam in the next five years. H.E. Mr. Pham Quang Vinh, Vietnam Ambassador to the U.S., delivered the keynote address. The event was sponsored by the Vietnam Initiatives at Indiana University, the International Society of Vietnam Economists, and the Center for International Development at Harvard University.

7th Annual Global Empowerment Meeting

CID's flagship annual event brings together leaders and thinkers from development, government, business and philanthropy. Each year the group engages around the major development problems in the world today, and explores cutting-edge ideas to solve them. Keynote speakers in 2014 included Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on the necessity of opening up his country to the world and the perils of power; Harvard professor Michael Sandel on the moral limits of markets; and Larry Summers on the challenges facing the global economy.

Doing Development Differently

Some 40 development professionals from around the world attended the workshop in October 2014. Led by Prof. Matt Andrews and Leni Wild, Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, discussions focused on examples of real change. While the examples employ different tools, they generally hold to similar core principles: being problem driven, iterative with lots of learning and engagement, while producing hybrid solutions that are context-specific and politically smart.

Untying Development: Promoting Governance and Governments with Impact

Governance reforms are common in development. Unfortunately, recent research shows that they often lead to governments that look better but do not produce better results. This workshop presents examples of such reforms and asks if the governance agenda could have more impact.

Northeast Universities Development Consortium Conference

NEUDC is a major forum in development economics. NEUDC has organized annual conferences in development economics since 1967. The location and sponsorship of the annual NEUDC conference usually rotates among the organizing institutions: Boston University, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Williams College and Yale University. The 2013 conference was held in November at CID.

4th Migration and Development Conference

The Center for International Development, the AFD, the Pop Center and World Bank International hosted the 4th Annual Migration and Development Conference on June 10-11, 2011. This conference, which took place at the Harvard Kennedy School, focused on advancing the dialogue on migration as a central issue for global development.

Harvard Symposium on Argentina

Three governors, several members of congress, legislators, mayors and officials, all together, despite belonging to different political parties, debating and arriving at conclusions for the future. Where and when was the miracle? From April 15 to 17, 2010, the Harvard Symposium at Argentina, titled "Imagining the Future of Argentina," took place at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Argentina's RAP Foundation (Political Action Network) co-sponsored the event with CID and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

Migration Conference Brings Development Lens To Immigration Debate

On May 26, 2009, CID joined forces with the Center for Global Development and the Foundation for an Open America to host "Beyond the Fence," a research conference that explored opportunities to break the stalemate by bringing a development lens to the immigration debate. The event convened thought leaders in migration from across Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and the World Bank, among others, to explore policy solutions that would benefit both developed and developing economies.